Tech at Night: Sober look at USA PATRIOT, FISA, and “Surveillance” facts
So it turns out that while Google, for months now, has been driving all sorts of hysteria about NSA and “spying,” the firm has been grossly negligent in its own privacy protections. The firm admits Google Hangouts is completely open to spying within Google, a basic design error that shows Google is not at all taking seriously the idea that government is spying on people. | Read More »
FCC Democrat Mignon Clyburn asks for Net Neutrality delay
As FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai has pointed out, the FCC’s been remarkably deficient in transparency as it’s rushed to implement the President’s extreme plan to regulate the Internet according to 1930s-era phone regulations. It’s now coming out that the 300 page plan is so extreme that even Mignon Clyburn, long time pro-title II FCC Commissioner is asking for a delay in order to make less | Read More »
Police Try to Intimidate Google Out of Ruining their Speed Traps
The nationwide police PR exploitation of the tragic deaths of Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos continues apace. As we have already noted here before, the number of police who are killed by citizens wielding firearms is exceedingly low in the United States (especially as compared to the number of citizens who are shot by the police), and much lower than the incidence of officer deaths | Read More »
Tech at Night: The Government should not be allowed to make us less secure
Barack Obama’s FBI director, James Comey, was previously featured in this space for his declaration that he’s troubled, that Americans would be able to take proactive measures to encrypt their own data, in ways the FBI couldn’t read at will. He tried to intimidate and bully Apple and Google into avoiding adding effective cryptography to iOS and Android. This is important because it’s only effective | Read More »
Tech at Night: Weekend Update
They say that after a fire in the US Embassy in Moscow during the Cold War, the Soviets loaded the whole building with bugs and the whole place was insecure after that. In that spirit, it makes a lot of sense that Google is getting out of Russia. It’s just not safe.
Tech at Night: Even the Germans think Net Neutrality goes too far
“Conservatism” as we know it is primarily an Anglo-American tradition. Not all countries have something like it, and Germany definitely does not. Their major ‘right’ coalition (the Christian Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union parties) are Christian centrists. The believe in a powerful state, but one that should show compassion and respect for Christian values. They are most definitely not a small government movement. | Read More »
Tech at Night: Regulation is about gaining and keeping control
Time and again we see calls for government to take the wheel. In fact in “It can’t happen here,” the fairy tale of a fascist takeover of America, their version of the swastika was a ship’s wheel, representing government’s control over economy and society. Every time there’s a call for regulation, ask what they want control of, and why.
Tech at Night: Europe getting frisky about regulating America
It’s Thanksgiving so I’m going to go quickly tonight. Happy Thanksgiving. It is worth noting that the European Union is currently starting to get more aggressive about trying to regulate other countries, and businesses in other countries. We all know Barack Obama won’t lift a finger, but we should be mindful for Congressional action, at the very least.
Tech at Night: The Future is Subsidized Data
As much as the extreme left wants you to fear anything other than a socialist Internet, Obamacare-style where your only choices are government dictated, the future is in innovation like subsidized data.
The fact is, government will always make this stuff worse if we try to “fix” it.
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Tech at Night: The government wants your data protected, except when it doesn’t.
Sometimes the government cheers the idea that your data is being protected from the bad guys. Other times, the government grumbles and complains. It turns out they’re fine with your data being at risk, as long as it means government can get to it whenever it wants. Funny, that.
Google leaves ALEC based on politics and gutlessness
The battle for our liberties is waged on many fronts. While Washington is usually the focus, the real battle ground is at the state level. Twenty-seven state legislatures are under GOP control and three others are split between Democrats and Republicans. Working under the radar in the cause of rolling back state interference in our lives has been a small non-profit think tank called the | Read More »
Apple and Google make the right decision on privacy
Last Thursday, FBI Director James B. Comey had a bit of a hissy fit over the news that Apple and Google are outfitting their phone operating systems with encryption that will be virtually impossible to break: FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google on Thursday for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement officials cannot easily gain access to | Read More »
How the Worm Crawls Into the Apple
You can put a fork in Silicon Valley. They are done. Jesse “King of Beers” Jackson has his talons in their tills and they have maybe, at best, 10 more years in which they will be a positive and innovative source of American technological advance. He informs us that ”Hi-tech giants have a moral and economic duty to promote inclusivity in their workforces” Apple CEO | Read More »
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Net Neutrality: How Sponsored Data Plans Would Promote Competition on the ‘Edge’
This is the fourth post in the CBIT net neutrality series. I’ve previously explained how the theory of ‘gatekeeper control’ underlying the FCC’s 2010 approach to net neutrality is applicable to any Internet intermediary that is capable of blocking, degrading, or favoring particular Internet services, applications, or content — a category of ‘non-ISP gatekeepers’ that includes the mobile operating systems offered by Apple and Google. The FCC has nevertheless | Read More »